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February 16, 2017
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In order to make American culture appear freer and more open than the Soviet culture, in 1950 the CIA established the Congress for Cultural Freedom.

The CCF organised concerts throughout the world featuring the mostly atonal music of the so-called Second Viennese School including composers like Schoenberg, Berg, Webern, in other words, the composers whose records never sold much in the free market place compared with the likes of Beethoven, Brahms and Mozart.

By the 1970s, there was an idea in the West, and particularly in America, that if one liked Beethoven one was 'old fashioned', if one liked Tchaikovsky one was 'simplistic', and if - heaven forbid - one liked Khachaturian, one was 'ill informed'.

Such an attitude certainly didn't advance classical music in America.

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